Mamata Banerjee met with West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to stake a claim to form a government in West Bengal. She has tendered her resignation and will take oath on May 5. According to the final results declared by the Election Commission, the TMC won 213 out of 292 seats.
"Mamata Banerjee called on me and submitted her resignation as Chief Minister and the same has been accepted. She has been requested to continue till alternative arrangements are made," Governor Dhankhar said.
Earlier, Mamata had met reporters today and claimed that there was a threat to the life of the Returning Officer, in charge of overseeing the counting in the Nandigram constituency. "I received an SMS from someone saying that the Returning Officer of Nandigram has written to someone that if he allows recounting, his life would be under threat. For four hours the server was down. The Governor also congratulated me and then suddenly everything changed,” she told reporters.
Mamata also said that she would move court over the Nandigram result where she lost to her former protégé-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari by 1,700 votes. The TMC demanded recounting of votes in Nandigram. However, the election officer turned down their request.
She appealed to her supporters to maintain peace after several reports surfaced that the TMC supporters burnt BJP offices and houses of BJP supporters in West Bengal. “I appeal to everyone to maintain peace and not to indulge in any violence. We know the BJP and Central Forces have tortured us a lot, but we have to maintain peace. Presently, we have to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said, declaring that all journalists are Covid-19 warriors.